Campanula portenschlagiana Schult., Syst. Veg. 5: 93 1819. (Syn: Campanula affinis Rchb. ex Nyman [Illegitimate]; Campanula muralis Port. ex A.DC.; Campanula portenschlagiana f. grandiflora Soljan; Campanula portenschlagiana var. hirsuta Soljan; Campanula portenschlagiana var. pubescens A.DC.; Campanula portenschlagiana var. pumila Soljan);
Campanula portenschlagiana syn. C. muralis, is a species of flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae, native to the Dalmatian Mountains in Croatia. It is a vigorous, low-growing, mound-forming evergreen perennial with deep purple flowers in summer.
The plant forms a mat of foliage about 10 cm (4 in) high and 50 cm (20 in) or more wide, with many heart- or kidney-shaped leaves. Deep purple or blue, funnel-shaped, 5-petalled flowers, 2 cm long, are borne in profusion, completely covering the plant from mid- to late summer. Flowers may be pollinated by beetles, flies, bees and butterflies, but are also capable of self-pollinating.
The Latin specific epithet portenschlagiana commemorates the Austrian naturalist Franz von Portenschlag-Leydermayer (1772-1822).
C. portenschlagiana is an alpine plant requiring sharp drainage, so is suitable for an alpine garden, rock garden, or as groundcover, in sun or patial shade. Given suitable conditions, it will rapidly colonise cracks and crevices in walls and pavements
(From Wikipedia on 19.7.14)
Campanulaceae and Gentianaceae Fortnight: Campanula portenschlagiana from California-GSJUL-27 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).
Campanula portenschlagiana Schult.
syn: Campanula muralis Port. ex A. DC.
A ground cover forming ornamental photographed from Sunnyvale, California.